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Everything posted by BigDave

  1. Please keep us updated how this goes. I know someone thinking about doing this. My guess is it won't impact your rankings much. It's basically the same as a business acquiring another one and when I have seen that happen there has not been a drop in rankings.
  2. I have been looking into some of the sales funnel predictive and tracking tools out there. I'm not interested in tools that create sales funnels like Click Funnels. I came across Funnelytics. It looks like a pretty good tool and I especially like how you can have it interact with your website and track your stats. While researching that, this tool Geru starting popping up in ads. They have a special going on right now with a one-time fee instead of a monthly fee like Funnelytics. The downside is it only predicts your funnel traffic based on numbers you put in. Once the funnel is set up there is no live tracking. Maybe it will be something they add in the future, but I cannot find any kind of road map for new features on the product. Curious if anyone has used either tool and what their thoughts are on them? Or is there something else you like instead?
  3. I gave it a week or so to settle in to the new layout. Just sort of let the initial shock go. Don't ever go back. Maybe some slight edits here and there, but I like the new color scheme, layout, and definitely the name. Much more unique. Better chance to stand out, IMO. Funny enough, that thought had never crossed my mind until you mentioned it, but another good reason to never go back to the old name.
  4. This past week I actually went to WalMart's site to try to order a few things that were going to take 2-3 weeks for delivery through Amazon. What a shitty shopping experience compared to Amazon. Their site is just awful. No way you will get the same kind of conversions you do at Amazon.
  5. This is pretty slick looking. I'm going to check it out now.
  6. This whole thing was barely a blip in the news cycle. I'm sure it was not a off the cuff decision and something that had been planned long ago, but they could not have asked for a better climate to make this update in. It barely made the news outside of online marketing groups, who were obviously most directly impacted. For a lot of niches, I still feel like Amazon is the best option just because of their conversion rate and the fact that they will pay on anything that a visitor buys, not just a specific product. I saw a few tech channels that seemed like they were doing a few more links to NewEgg. They always used NewEgg. It might just be in my head that they seem to be using it more.
  7. I am by no means an expert on this, but I really have not heard many people talking about this in the past few months. It feels like things kind of rolled back closer to where they were before the big updates.
  8. BigDave


    Didn't feel like this fit in any of the other categories, but if a mod wants to move it, please do... For those of you U.S based, how do you handle your taxes when it comes to your online business? Are you still doing them yourself? If you have someone else handling them, do you find it to be a big benefit? I'm growing, but I still do the taxes myself. Honestly, the business is not that complex. I don't have employees. It's basically just revenue offset by expenses. Doing the taxes is not that hard for me or time consuming. Maybe I am missing something that an accountant would know. The phrase, "You don't know what you don't know," keeps popping in my head. When do you know it is time to get professional help?
  9. BigDave

    RIP Chewy...

    I guess we have reached that point where cast members from the OT are going to be leaving us, although Mark and Harrison seem to be going strong. James Earl Jones has to be getting up there. Probably mid-80's now.
  10. Loved A2 Hosting. Used them for a couple of years on one site. Unfortunately, it was impacted by this event. I took it down and moved it to Siteground now. I won't use them ever again after this.
  11. This concept seems to be jumping up in a lot of SEO circles recently. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around it. I thought the idea was always to rank as many pages as possible for a search phrase, but this keyword cannibalization thing says that having multiple pages targeting the same phrase could actually be holding back all of those pages. That doesn't make sense to me. Each page is it's own unique entity. How could one interfere with another's chance to rank for a search term? Does anyone actually believe this is a real thing? Or is it just another buzzword SEOs are using to try to look smarter than everyone else?
  12. I have to confess. I just recently started using Google Tag Manager in May after reading this thread. I didn't even know it existed.
  13. Why? Why do you surf YouTube all day just to post stupid videos like this? Shouldn't you be trading some currencies or something?
  14. Shhh... Don't tell anyone. Let them keep running around posting daily trashing up their blogs. We'll just keep beating them.
  15. Title says it all. I have been seeing stories pop up about people recovering from the August 1st update and seeing rankings bouncing back up, but those stories all seem really short on any kind of details. Thanks
  16. If it was about a topic that I was pretty knowledgeable about, I think I could pump out quite a few words. If it was something I knew nothing about, there would be a few hours/days/weeks of research first, depending how complicated the subject is.
  17. Make sure you have a custom 404 page setup. Unless the 404's are being caused by internal links or external links that you can change, it really is not something to be concerned with. Someone can correct me if I am wrong on that.
  18. Click what link? Where? I get what you are saying about setting up a free offer, but I do not see anything about bringing in traffic as the title of the thread suggests.
  19. For strictly selfish reasons, I wish Matt had come back. He did not give out answers to questions and then 5 minutes later completely contradict himself or force Google to put out an official statement contradicting him... I'm looking at you Mr. Mueller.
  20. That's what I always thought too. It's what the kids use to send their nudes back and forth after they meet on Tinder.
  21. Now that is a freaking brilliant idea for finding writers. I would imagine a little flattery goes a long way.
  22. It's amazing the things people focus so much time and energy on instead of looking at what really matters in their business.
  23. In content links have long been the best. Forum signature, blog comment, profile, and sidebar links are probably the bottom of the barrel in some order.
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